HwaJung Choi

Choi and Schoeni say increases in eligibility age for full Social Security benefits are at odds with health trends of older Americans

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"As retirement age creeps up, the health of those close to retirement is getting worse" - EurekAlert!. 10/02/2017.

A new study using HRS and NHIS data looks at the preretirement health conditions of Americans in five birth cohorts with different full Social Security eligibility ages: pre-1937, 1938-1942, 1943-1954, 1955-1959, and 1960-62. In each cohort the age of eligibility for full benefits rises. But HwaJung Choi and Robert Schoeni find that, apparently contrary to policymakers' expectations for improving health (and longevity) for younger generations of Americans, the birth cohorts required to work longer are in worse health in their preretirement years than those allowed to retire earlier. Schoeni says: "We found that younger cohorts are facing more burdensome health issues, even as they have to wait until an older age to retire, so they will have to do so in poorer health." The researchers looked at cognition, physical functioning, and self-rated health.

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Researchers:

HwaJung Choi
Robert F. Schoeni

More Media Coverage:

Medical Xpress. As retirement age creeps up, the health of those close to retirement is getting worse. 10/2/2017.

M Health Lab. As Retirement Age Rises, the Health of Pre-Retirees Is Getting Worse. 10/2/2017.

Global Times. Americans close to retirement face more health problems than previous generations. 10/11/2017.

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